Craig Leon ‎– Nommos

Takoma ‎– TAK 7096
Vinyl, LP


A1 Ring With Three Concentric Discs 4:57
A2 Donkeys Bearing Cups 6:02
A3 Nommo 7:02
B1 Four Eyes To See The Afterlife 13:30
B2 She Wears A Hemispherical Skull Cap 4:53

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
4XT 72796 Craig Leon Nommos(Cass, Album) Takoma 4XT 72796 US 1981 Sell This Version
none Craig Leon Nommos(LP, Unofficial) Not On Label none US 2011 Sell This Version
SV017 Craig Leon Nommos(CD, Album, RE) Superior Viaduct SV017 US 2014 Sell This Version
SV017 Craig Leon Nommos(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Superior Viaduct SV017 US 2013 Sell This Version


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December 15, 2016
First appearing incongruously on John Fahey's Takoma label in 1981, Nommos remains enshrouded in impenetrable mystery – from its understated artwork to the rich assemblage of analog synths contained inside. According to Head Heritage, Nommos is the "missing link between the proto-industrial rhythm and drone of Suicide and the whole minimalist drone / static / repetition method of Terry Riley and La Monte Young."
Best known as a producer, Craig Leon worked on landmark debuts from Suicide, Richard Hell, The Ramones and Blondie. Rather than ape the early NYC punk that he helped foster, Leon's own music is filled with lush textures and pulsating rhythm boxes. Comparisons can be made to German innovators such as Cluster and La Dusseldorf, yet Nommos is an unbalanced cosmos marked by anxious melodies, aggressive shifts and spiritual overtones.
The name "Nommos" itself refers to mythical deities worshipped by tribes in West Africa. Some scholars have argued that the myth has extraterrestrial roots. While these are significant details for understanding the album's peculiar meditative qualities, there was little context for these sounds upon their initial release. Even today, in the cold light of the early 21st century, Leon sounds fiercely contemporary.


January 26, 2015
There's a new Craig Leon-sanctiioned re-issue with Visiting LP added as bonus (+ download code,of course) !!


December 21, 2014
edited over 2 years ago

Excellent. Recommended.


July 16, 2013

According to the sleeve, the first track is 'Ring With Three Concentric Circles', while the label has it as 'Ring With Three Concentric Discs'